Cycle Touring Nepal Saturday 5th November. Hetauda to Somewhere On The Tribhuwan Highway. 30 miles.

Cycling The Tribhuvan Highway Part 2

I was really reluctant to leave the hotel this morning knowing that the road up ahead was, according to everybody non-existent! The only thing that gave me a bit of hope is that small vehicles use it!

After two omelets I decided I couldn’t put it off any longer and I had to get a move on!

Mountains in the distance
The ominous mountains in my way

All the people I asked said that the road was awful and I’d have to carry my bike in places, that was the main reason that was putting me off, not the fact that it was all uphill I can cope with that providing the road surface isn’t too bad, it’s when it’s off road cycling I struggle with and because I’m really not that good at walking I tend to worry a bit! In the past it’s never been a problem as I’ve been strong enough to walk my way out of anywhere but now, I’m not so sure!

Twisting roads
One of the many twisting roads

Anyway all that was by the way the road was absolutely brilliant the surface was fine, but boy was it a hard slog uphill constantly from go this morning! I started off with the mountains dominating the skyline in front of me but as the day went on I was slowly but surely starting to look down on them!

Garry McGivern with some local Nepalese people
Meeting people on route
Twisting roads on the Tribhuvan highway
More twisting roads that I’d come up

Not too sure where I am tonight I just had to stop as it was dark! For all I know, there might be a village just around the corner but that corner is still going uphill. I think I saw a sign saying the next village was 6km away but it’s just too far, if it was light I would have carried on but not in the dark it’s too scary with the way they drive around here! And besides I’d been looking for somewhere to stop for a while but there’s just nothing just the road with rocks on one side and a drop on the other! I just happened upon my campsite as I turned a corner a piece of land with a little open shack on it that’ll do me for the night!

Watch Garry’s YouTube video.

4 Replies to “Cycle Touring Nepal Saturday 5th November. Hetauda to Somewhere On The Tribhuwan Highway. 30 miles.”

    1. I don’t think I’m the first person to do it and I’m pretty sure I won’t be the last, there are probably plenty of other idiots who would do the same thing!

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